TCU football lands another top player from Virginia

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Virginia has become a hotbed for TCU football recruiting of late.

The Frogs landed another recruit from the state on Thursday, as Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic offensive lineman Altrique Barlow committed to the program. Barlow announced his decision on Twitter.

Barlow, listed at 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, chose TCU over Virginia Tech, Auburn and Georgia. The three-star prospect, according to 247Sports, is the third player committed for TCU’s 2020 class.

“Barlow is an intriguing prospect that I think could play tackle or guard at the next level,” said Jeremy Clark, recruiting expert and publisher of Horned Frog Blitz. “He’s a big kid that is very strong up top. He’s a punishing run blocker and has quicker feet than most would expect with his size.”

TCU’s 2019 recruiting class featured almost half of the players from out of state, and two of the first three commits for 2020 are out of state.

Along with Barlow, fellow Virginian and four-star cornerback Keontae Jenkins has committed to TCU. TCU also has a commitment from Hutto receiver Dajon Harrison.

“In all my time covering Frogs recruiting, I can’t recall an instance of TCU’s success out of state starting this way,” Clark said.

Barlow told 247 Sports that TCU was an attractive school given its success developing offensive linemen under coach Chris Thomsen.

Four offensive linemen from the 2017 team landed in NFL camps, including two draft picks in Joseph Noteboom and Matt Pryor. TCU’s Chris Gaynor, who started the final 10 games at various offensive line spots for the Frogs last season, landed a workout with the Los Angeles Rams this offseason.

“I feel like that was a huge motivator for me picking TCU,” Barlow told the website. “Coach Thomsen is a great coach and really knows how to develop guys to not only make plays but dominate at the pro level.”

Barlow is ranked as the No. 49 offensive tackle prospect in the nation and No. 12 overall player in Virginia, according to 247 Sports. With his commitment, TCU is now ranked 53rd in the country for its 2020 class.

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